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post #81 of 174
I currently use an iMac (first mac...never going back to windows besides the occasional game through bootcamp) and I was thinking about picking up a laptop for school next year. (the iMac technically is my dads so it's either laptop or iMac next year). Anywho, just wondering for those of you that own a laptop and actually use it for class for notes and what not, is it better for note taking in class? I am just so used to writing with a pen, I dunno how it actually works out. Also, do you use it for anything else in class besides note taking? Thanks.
post #82 of 174
If you have presentations to do you could use it for that.

Sorry, I'm probably not much help because I don't use a my laptop in class, though I might when I get my MPB on the 25th (after exams).
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post #83 of 174
I ordered online the day of the announcement and the check-order-status says it will be shipped Nov 7th..

Has anyone received a 17" already (and will the retail stores get them earlier than me waiting for it to be delivered? I have called a few local apple stores and they don't have the new 17"'s yet)
post #84 of 174
Sweet! mbp is on truck for delivery! one day ahead of schedule! it was still in AK yesterday, i thought for sure it'd be friday. ok, just wanted to share.
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This thing is freakin SWEET....

(MBP 2.33Ghz, 2gig, 160...)

It's sooooooo beautiful!!!

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Scheduled to be delivered today, Fedex attempted yesterday. 1 day early!!!

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post #86 of 174
First complaint: I have was sitting in the living room watching lost and my wireless reception seemed really weak. So I tinkered with the router, took it off the wall and set it atop the desk, and the change was minimal. So I sat my old iBook next to the new one, and the iBook appeared to have better airport reception. Assuming (hoping?) it's the metal case, and something to do with the draft .11N card.

Still can't migrate my playlists, so I have yet to plug my iPod into it.
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post #87 of 174
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Originally Posted by Kzelk4

I currently use an iMac (first mac...never going back to windows besides the occasional game through bootcamp) and I was thinking about picking up a laptop for school next year. (the iMac technically is my dads so it's either laptop or iMac next year). Anywho, just wondering for those of you that own a laptop and actually use it for class for notes and what not, is it better for note taking in class? I am just so used to writing with a pen, I dunno how it actually works out. Also, do you use it for anything else in class besides note taking? Thanks.

I graduated in '05 (not too long ago) and at the time it was pretty uncommon to see people taking notes on a laptop. Personally, I always liked paper and pencil because I think it is faster and I like to draw lots of boxes, lines, arrows, etc. (chem major). Presentations were never a problem either. Every classroom had computers and projectors so you could just download and present. The only time I really wished I had a laptop was when I was working on group projects in the library. Yes, there were computers to use, but it was a pain in the ass to constantly upload and download files from my webspace. Also, with the campus wide wireless connection people with laptops could work outside on nice days, which is something I never could take advantage of.
post #88 of 174
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Originally Posted by mowenbrown

First complaint: I have was sitting in the living room watching lost and my wireless reception seemed really weak. So I tinkered with the router, took it off the wall and set it atop the desk, and the change was minimal. So I sat my old iBook next to the new one, and the iBook appeared to have better airport reception. Assuming (hoping?) it's the metal case, and something to do with the draft .11N card.


I hope that this won't be an issue with my EVDO card, although it will sit outside in the Express slot. As it is right now in my Pismo only gets 2 bars at work, to get less would be pathetic.
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post #89 of 174
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Originally Posted by Kzelk4

I currently use an iMac (first mac...never going back to windows besides the occasional game through bootcamp) and I was thinking about picking up a laptop for school next year. (the iMac technically is my dads so it's either laptop or iMac next year). Anywho, just wondering for those of you that own a laptop and actually use it for class for notes and what not, is it better for note taking in class? I am just so used to writing with a pen, I dunno how it actually works out. Also, do you use it for anything else in class besides note taking? Thanks.

I have to agree with jiggz on this... I tried to use ms word, omni-outliner and some mind mapping software when I was in grad school, and the formatting and other stuff you have to do is a pain in the ass. Howver, after class I was religious about re-tyoing my notes, and integrating notes from the reading into my class notes. Then you really have the time to clean them, add diagrams, and link concepts from the lecture together. The best part is really the increased retention from both writting and typing them.

When it comes to the classroom, we have yet to improve on the pencil and spiral bound notebook. But you really can't beat the freedom of having a laptop to use around campus, and to work where you want to work. I would reccomend that you get a lock and cable and keep in your bag - as a macbook pro has legs on a college campus
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post #90 of 174
i got mine yesterday morning! it wasn't supposed to get here til today, but it came a day early, which was FANTASTIC. i love it. i got the lower end version with glossy screen and 160 gig hard drive. it was scheduled to ship in 3-5 days and it shipped in 4... and then i opted for 2-3 day shipping, and it even missed the fedex delivery out of shanghai and still got here in 2 days. it was amazing. tuesday afternoon it was in alaska, wednesday morning it was in my hands. as a first-time glossy screen user, i think its amazing. i was really torn between glossy and matte, but i decided to opt for the glossy, and i'm glad i did. its wonderfully vivid, and you don't really notice the glare unless you're looking for it, and of course if its actually in direct light. it does run a little warm, not untolerably so, since i haven't used it for strenuous tasks yet, but i can imagine it getting very toasty. and like someone else mentioned, its primarily on the left side around the speaker that it's hottest. one thing i am kind of concerned about is my wireless signal. it seems like when i first connect i have full bars, and then eventually it settles into about 2. normally i wouldn't think much of it, but one of my friends has a rev A MBP and he gets full bars when he's sitting right next to me... i'm wondering if its because of the inclusion of the draft-n cards... i don't know. is anyone else having a similar issue? the battery life is also obviously not what i'd hope it would be, but since the screen is so bright on full, i can turn it way down and save a LOT of battery life, and the screen is still quite bright-- brighter than my friends screens who have dell's and such. other than that, its great, i can't wait to start using FCP and even counterstrike on it eventually. :-D
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post #91 of 174
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Originally Posted by Kzelk4

I currently use an iMac (first mac...never going back to windows besides the occasional game through bootcamp) and I was thinking about picking up a laptop for school next year. (the iMac technically is my dads so it's either laptop or iMac next year). Anywho, just wondering for those of you that own a laptop and actually use it for class for notes and what not, is it better for note taking in class? I am just so used to writing with a pen, I dunno how it actually works out. Also, do you use it for anything else in class besides note taking? Thanks.

It depends on what class you are taking notes in. History, english and govt are great for typing notes. Anything with daigrams or math you should stick with pen and paper. I use my pbook for the required liberal arts classes, and paper for the engineering stuff. I do use the computer all the time for engineering stuff, either excel, matlab, word or ppt. You can't go wrong, and plus you don't have to worry about going to the computer lab at school cause you'll already have a computer.

on another note, I need to sell my excellent 12" pbook 1.5 ghz. I have a work computer that I use and my tandem pump is leaking oil in my tdi...sigh.
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post #92 of 174
Now Fex Ex is saying it won't arrive 'till the 6th. Don't the dorks ship on weekends? So much for two day shipping. I'm quite displeased.
post #93 of 174
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Originally Posted by mowenbrown

First complaint: I have was sitting in the living room watching lost and my wireless reception seemed really weak. So I tinkered with the router, took it off the wall and set it atop the desk, and the change was minimal. So I sat my old iBook next to the new one, and the iBook appeared to have better airport reception. Assuming (hoping?) it's the metal case, and something to do with the draft .11N card.

Still can't migrate my playlists, so I have yet to plug my iPod into it.

So, plugged-in to the wall no reception issues? Anyone else notice the same thing?
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post #94 of 174
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Originally Posted by blackwave

Now Fex Ex is saying it won't arrive 'till the 6th. Don't the dorks ship on weekends? So much for two day shipping. I'm quite displeased.

Then respectfully, you don't understand FedEx. They do not ship on weekends normally. Apple even told me that weekends don't count for two day shipping. You shouldn't be displeased. It's how things are supposed to be.
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post #95 of 174
I have a question, re: Fedex 2-day shipping... if it takes, like, 5 days, do I get my money back? I ordered my MBPC2D on last Friday and it has yet to arrive, so it will be 5 business days at least until it arrives...
post #96 of 174
Bugger hell. It doesn't help that my birthday's Sunday. Kind of a slight, although not Apple's fault. Haha.
post #97 of 174
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Originally Posted by mowenbrown

So, plugged-in to the wall no reception issues? Anyone else notice the same thing?

If you get the router too close to your computer, you can actually get worse reception. I have my core2duo macbook pro about 40 or 50 feet from my belkin pre-n router, and I get good reception (all 4 bars lit up on the top bar icon).
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post #98 of 174
Hi. I just received my MBP Core 2 Duo 15" 2.16 today. For the most part, everything seems good. It runs considerably cooler than the MBP Core Duo I previously owned. It seems speedy, although I haven't had much time to test it out.

I have an issue with the screen and I am wondering if a few you guys could help me out. Being a long time owner of Apple portables, I have learned to best assess the quality of the screen by changing the desktop background to either Apple solid aqua dark blue or solid grey dark. The screen I ended up with is mediocre. There are no pixel defects, but there are horizontal and vertical dark areas that can only be seen if you know what to look for and specifically when using the aforementioned solid colors (they aren't particularly bad on this screen. I have had better and worse). That aside, I also observe dark horizontal lines that shoot out on both sides of an open window on the screen. They move with the window and they are most noticable towards the top. You really have to be looking for it to notice it.

Could some of you fellow MBP owners check your screens on these solid colors and see if you notice a similar phenomenom? If this is common, I won't bother with it. I like my screens as perfect as possible seeing as how I just dropped $2000 on this. I upgrade just about every major upgrade. The screen on my last MBP was absolutely perfect and did no exhibit this (it took some fighting with Apple, but they finally gave me a perfect screen). Sorry for the novel. Thanks.
post #99 of 174
currently debating the upgrade... have an offer of ¥130,000 (about $1,300) for my powerbook g4 12" with 1.25gb ram and one more year of applecare. i want the middle model so that would be about another ¥180k ($1,800) investment

also, supply is a little short so i might be left without a machine at all for a week or so

tricky!
post #100 of 174
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Originally Posted by 1337_5L4Xx0R

I have a question, re: Fedex 2-day shipping... if it takes, like, 5 days, do I get my money back? I ordered my MBPC2D on last Friday and it has yet to arrive, so it will be 5 business days at least until it arrives...

No, the 2 days start when it ships from Apple.

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post #101 of 174
It shipped on Monday...
post #102 of 174
Usually FedEx is pretty damn quick with their shipments. My iPod shipped to my uncle's home far ahead of the estimated delivery date, but no one was home on that day. For some strange reason FedEx didn't bother making a second attempt until some three or four business days later. Just hang tight, you aren't going to be getting your money back :P
post #103 of 174
ah finally, mine (2.33 ghz, 160 gb, glossy) is finally here and i just opened it this morning. here are some pictures of the opening ceremony calibrating the battery now, can't wait to take it for a spin.

yeah, FedEx was pretty quick, they delivered it one day ahead of schedule for me, too.
post #104 of 174
Ordered a 2.16Ghz 15" with 160GB HD on the day they came out (24th oct). Shipped on the 27th oct. Using the tracking at apecode.com, it almost flew out of Shanghai on the 30th, but the plane was too full, and then they had an aircraft or truck failure (they're not specific). Net result: it's been sitting in Shanghai for the last week, and has only just got on a plane. I'm hoping it will arrive sometime next week (Apple originally said the 7th, but that's been pushed back to the 8th and now the 9th).

I'm in the UK, where expedited shipping wasn't available.
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post #105 of 174
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It shipped on Monday...

Enjoy the wait. There are quite a few of us in AI land that can only dream of purchasing what you will soon have.
post #106 of 174
My Industry Night/Grad show is on Monday... I'd REALLY like it by then. OK, whining over... grumble... mumble...

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post #107 of 174
Turns out mine's here Monday after all - but it's in Canada now, at least.
I called and complained about being mislead as to the ship time I was paying for and got 10 dollars off, nicely.

God this wait is awful.
post #108 of 174
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Originally Posted by Battles

It runs considerably cooler than the MBP Core Duo I previously owned.

that's what I've been hearing all the time. Sounds great!

In fact, I read at another forum that the temperature dropped down by about 10 degrees. He presumed that it's because of the faster fan-speed. The Core Duo he owned had a fanspeed of 1000, but the Core 2 Duo is 2000 most of the times.

What's even more beautiful is that it's not like it's noisy or something. It's very hard to notice and quite similar to Core Duo despite the fact that the fanspeed is double the fast.
post #109 of 174
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that's what I've been hearing all the time. Sounds great!

In fact, I read at another forum that the temperature dropped down by about 10 degrees. He presumed that it's because of the faster fan-speed. The Core Duo he owned had a fanspeed of 1000, but the Core 2 Duo is 2000 most of the times.

What's even more beautiful is that it's not like it's noisy or something. It's very hard to notice and quite similar to Core Duo despite the fact that the fanspeed is double the fast.

I use the smcFanControl utility to set my fan speed minimum to 3K, which is a subtle whooshing noise. My CPU temparature stays in the 52-56C range, and occasionally goes above that (which causes the fans to go full out, which is quite loud at 6000 rpm) - but it does it less often the higher you set the minimum fan speed.
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post #110 of 174
Laptop notetaking is great if you happen to be doing law, you can get into a database and actually read the cases they're talking about, cut and paste extracts etc.

I was relying on a distributor for my C2D, as I like having a point of contact (they're also a repair centre). They somewhat dropped the ball getting mine in but the manager seems to be taking care of it for me. I will be patient.

I went for the matte screen in a line-ball judgment, as far as I can tell, some people say glossy is good, some say it's bad. Noone says matte is bad, just some like it less. I want to get a cinema screen anyway, so I guess I should get used to matte anyway.
post #111 of 174
I was in an AppleStore lately, and saw matt and glossy MBP's sitting next to each other. I could clearly see the difference - the glossy reflected a lot more light, meaning that it was harder for me to see what it was actually displaying, whereas the matt hardly reflected anything and it was much easier to read what it was displaying. I'm glad I decided to go for a matt on my MBP (whenever it arrives... )

Over the last 4 years, I've taken notes in physics lectures - text, math and diagrams. I found that taking down plain text was much quicker than writing it - meaning I was able to listen to the lecturer more. Maths was slower than writing it, but the speed of writing text more than made up for it. I was using MathType for the math. Diagrams were where problems came in - I have yet to find a decent bit of software that can take down doodlings on a graphics tablet well enough. I ended up drawing the diagrams on bits of paper, and digitising them later. I've written a blog post about it here if anyone wants to read more about my method of taking notes in lectures.
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post #112 of 174
It seems like most MBP deliveries to Europe are a bit delayed.. Anyone here apart from myself and Mike Peel from Europe to confirm this?

So far date of delivery is 12'Th of November to Denmark. \

PS. I'm studying to be a secondary school teacher (Math, English, Biology, Geography/Religion) - can anyone recommend some good MindMapping software for Mac? Any more thoughts on Mathtype for Mac? Additional MUST own educational software?

Thanks on advance
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post #113 of 174
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Originally Posted by Sororca

It seems like most MBP deliveries to Europe are a bit delayed.. Anyone here apart from myself and Mike Peel from Europe to confirm this?

So far date of delivery is 12'Th of November to Denmark. \

PS. I'm studying to be a secondary school teacher (Math, English, Biology, Geography/Religion) - can anyone recommend some good MindMapping software for Mac? Any more thoughts on Mathtype for Mac? Additional MUST own educational software?

Thanks on advance

I ordered a 15" 2.33 ghz Glossy screen MPB on wednesday (1st) in England, they estimated the shipping date would be 8th and the date of delivery as the 15th. However, I received notification yesterday that it shipped and would arrive on the 9th, almost a week early!
post #114 of 174
Japan deliveries of the 17" seem delayed as well. Mine is slated to arrive on the 14th of Nov.
post #115 of 174
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Originally Posted by Sororca

It seems like most MBP deliveries to Europe are a bit delayed.. Anyone here apart from myself and Mike Peel from Europe to confirm this?

So far date of delivery is 12'Th of November to Denmark. \

Ordered mine (15" MBP 2.33Ghz non BTO) the 25th of October, Still no confirmation from my reseller when I can expect it to arrive.
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post #116 of 174
Ok... I'm a little shakey after pushing that confirm button. Just over 3K with all the extras (battery, apple care, bigger HD, tax)... and that's WITH the student discount

I just ordered my brand spanking new MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.33GHz with 160Gb HD about 2min ago. Everything should arrive by Nov 15th.

I've been a PC user for many many years, so this is doubly scary. I have almost no experience with OSX so I'm sure I'll be back crying for help once I get it
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I've been a PC user for many many years,

Now that is scary!!!
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Originally Posted by jiggz

I graduated in '05 (not too long ago) and at the time it was pretty uncommon to see people taking notes on a laptop. Personally, I always liked paper and pencil because I think it is faster and I like to draw lots of boxes, lines, arrows, etc. (chem major). Presentations were never a problem either. Every classroom had computers and projectors so you could just download and present. The only time I really wished I had a laptop was when I was working on group projects in the library. Yes, there were computers to use, but it was a pain in the ass to constantly upload and download files from my webspace. Also, with the campus wide wireless connection people with laptops could work outside on nice days, which is something I never could take advantage of.

You should have seen how uncommon it was for me...I was in undergrad from 94-99. The web almost didn't exist in 1994. We only got e-mail in the fall of 1995, and it sucked ass. NO ONE had a laptop. Most people had word processors. The dorms only had internet in small computer labs of 5 machines or so. They've since been wired, of course.
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post #119 of 174
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Originally Posted by Battles

Hi. I just received my MBP Core 2 Duo 15" 2.16 today. For the most part, everything seems good. It runs considerably cooler than the MBP Core Duo I previously owned. It seems speedy, although I haven't had much time to test it out.

I have an issue with the screen and I am wondering if a few you guys could help me out. Being a long time owner of Apple portables, I have learned to best assess the quality of the screen by changing the desktop background to either Apple solid aqua dark blue or solid grey dark. The screen I ended up with is mediocre. There are no pixel defects, but there are horizontal and vertical dark areas that can only be seen if you know what to look for and specifically when using the aforementioned solid colors (they aren't particularly bad on this screen. I have had better and worse). That aside, I also observe dark horizontal lines that shoot out on both sides of an open window on the screen. They move with the window and they are most noticable towards the top. You really have to be looking for it to notice it.

Could some of you fellow MBP owners check your screens on these solid colors and see if you notice a similar phenomenom? If this is common, I won't bother with it. I like my screens as perfect as possible seeing as how I just dropped $2000 on this. I upgrade just about every major upgrade. The screen on my last MBP was absolutely perfect and did no exhibit this (it took some fighting with Apple, but they finally gave me a perfect screen). Sorry for the novel. Thanks.

I dont know if I just can't see it, but I don't seem to have any....
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post #120 of 174
OK, it's here dude!

I am typing on it now. So far all is good...I transferred everything via firewire, which took about 2.5 hours. the only minor flaw is that the right side of the screen is ever so slightly darker when viewing it head on. It's barely noticeable...but I'm a freak like that. The keryboard is great and the whole system is very snappy. Unlike others I do here the fans coming on here and there. They are certainly quiet.

Overall interface performance seems much faster than my G5 iMac. Apps load faster and the net is much faster! As I said, the only weird thing is that screen...slightly darker on the right side. I am still trying to figure out if I'm imagining it.
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